For the first time since I sold the jeep I now own an infernal combustion engine. Bob and Rhonda, who I did the boat swap with delivered the outboard motor to me over the weekend. It’s a Briggs and Stratton 5hp air cooled kicker, with just enough to push the Spirit around. It’s in nearly new condition with barely 5 hours on it and they were kind enough to have it tuned up and ready to go. I was able to go online and download the service manual for it so in the future I should be able to handle any of the inner workings. Briggs and Strattons are pretty simple engines, think lawnmower and you have an idea, and parts are easy to find. Not that I should need to do much to it over time. I won’t be running it all that much, mostly just to get out of whatever marina I am in and through the channel out to where the wind can blow on those big cloth triangular thingies and push the Spirit around.
The only downside with this engine is it’s designed to be run in fresh water so corrosion will be a big factor. When I am not going anywhere I will store it inside the boat so the salt won’t be so bad on it. Should finances improve over the next year I may even consider trading it in for a more conventional outboard but for now it will work.
So now I will have to do something else that I hoped I would never have to do again…buy some fuel. It’s got a small gas tank and should be real light on fuel consumption. But still, I will have to buy some and it has to be non ethanol, which is sold at the marinas, at about $5 a gallon. The upside is, unless I start doing a lot of cruising, about $20 worth of gas will probably last for most of a year.
So finally, after four long months, I have the Spirit and the motor. All I need to do next is get the registration and title, and then I can get to work on what needs to be done to the boat. Let me send a big shout out to Bob and Rhonda for all they did to make this happen. I hope they enjoy the Seacraft as much as I am looking forward to enjoying the Spirit. Getting this deal done has taken a major load off the stress levels. Once I get the Spirit to the point I want in terms of fixin’ and stuff, I will be in more better…um..spirits. So if I want to, or have to leave where ever I am moored, or should the spirit move me to go moving on, the Spirit can move me….on that is.